Virtual Cricket: County Championship Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Predictions - Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire
The round one of the Virtual County Championship between Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire is being held by Cricket World and Dice Cricket to help the fans stay tuned to cricketing action from the comforts of their home amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
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Leicestershire has become the latest county to furlough staff as Leicestershire chairman Mehmooda Duke announced that "in the best interests of the club" the majority of the Leicestershire staff, including coaches, and players have been furloughed for a three-week period.
Leicestershire were the worst performing team in division 2 in the last season and finished at the bottom with 107 points after they were able to win just one and lost six of their 14 matches.
They will come up against Nottinghamshire who have been relegated after they failed to open their account in division 1 last year and ended with 67 points with as many as 10 losses from their 14 games.
In a way, the fate of both the teams was similar in the last season. Just that, there is no division 3 for Leicestershire to be relegated to.
However, Hassan Azad did not let the team's display affect his game in the last season and he ended as the top scorer of division 2 with 1189 runs from 14 games at an average of almost 55 and will be expected to continue from where he left last year. He will have the support of opening partner Paul Horton and Colin Ackermann.
Chris Wright will be their leading bowler who picked up 47 wickets in the last season.
Nottinghamshire were truly disappointed with their batsmen in 2019 as even Steven Mullaney, their top scorer in the last season had an average of below 30. Ben Duckett, Chris Nash and Joe Clarke are the other batsmen who are expected to step up to the plate.
Luke Fletcher, who was their top wicket-taker last season, will take heart from the fact that he will have the company of Jake Ball and Stuart Broad this time around.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Nottinghamshire - Ben Slater, Ben Duckett, Chris Nash, Joe Clarke, Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, Tom Moores, Peter Trego, Stuart Broad, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball
Leicestershire - Hassan Azad, Paul Horton, Harry Dearden, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackerman, Lewis Hill, Tom Taylor, Klein, Dieter Mike, Chris Wright, Will Davis
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Nottinghamshire
Who will win? – Nottinghamshire
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Steven Mullaney (Nottinghamshire), Hassan Azad (Leicestershire)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Chris Wright (Leicestershire)
Most Sixes – Steven Mullaney (Nottinghamshire), Colin Ackerman (Leicestershire)
Man of the Match – Stuart Broad
Team Scores Batting first – Nottinghamshire 300+, Leicestershire 290+
Match Handicap Nottinghamshire
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